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From: paul jassim <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 15:59:53 +0100
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS YOUR E-MAIL HAS WON AN ATM CARD.
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIADR.Ugu JassimDirector, Foreign OperationsATM Card DepartmentCentral Bank of Nigeria.Tel/fax +234 8022308176Email::firstname.lastname@example.org
YOUR PAYMENT VIA HSBC-VISA ATM DEBIT CARD.
Account normalization of your banking details has beendelayed byInternational Monetary Fund (IMF) and FinancialServices Authority (UK). Thishas made it necessary for your contract payment to beprogrammed into HSBCVisa Atm Debit Card. The total fund in question is$8,300,000.00 This is thefirst part of the Payment of which the balance willsubsequently be paid intosame account.
The Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN), working inrelationship with HSBC Londonhas concluded to issue you a VISA CARD with which youcan access your contractamount$8,300,000.000 This card center will send you anATM card which you willuse to withdraw your money in any ATM machine in anypart of the world, butthe maximum is Twenty Thousand United StatesDollars($20,000.00) per day. Soif you like to receive your fund in this way, pleaselet us know by contactingthe ATM payment department and also send the followinginformation as listedbelow:
1) Your full name.2) Phone, fax and mobile3) Company name, position and address.4) Profession, age and marital status.5) Copy of Drivers License I .D.(IMPORTANT)6) Where you want them to send the ATM CARD.
However for the purpose of proper verification of yourIdentity, apmg otherrelevant information ans release of your HSBC Visa AtmCard to you, it isimportant you contact the office of the Director,Debit Card Dept for aspecial payment at the above listed address ordirectly reply to this Email
DIRECTOR,DEBIT CARD DEPT(SPECIAL PAYMENT SCHEME)CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA
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